The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: September 2014

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Philly's Bad Side, doing creepy in the best possible way.
  • Philly's Bad Side, doing creepy in the best possible way.

Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brought out to their fullest potential (in a positive way). These are my recommendations for great local and national bands that don't play five-minute (marathon!) songs or remind you about drink specials. General rule of thumb: If you have five bucks and can show up by 9 p.m., then it's go time in the pit. One, two, fuck you!

Bad Side, Life Like, RÜZ, Q at Melt September 8 9 p.m. / $5

Philadelphia's Bad Side is coming through on a Monday night just to make our riverside blood boil. Don't be a wimp just because you spent all weekend partying at that one fest -- hell, we'll all have forgotten about that by the next day anyway. What better way to shake off those decrepit, tainted brain cells than by eating some waffles and puking them out on your pals in the pit? For real though, Bad Side plays creepy, fast hardcore that will take your wallet and tell you your knives suck. Make Cherokee street get weird or else they'll be back -- they know where we live!

A flyer that really says "Smash the Bobbies"
  • A flyer that really says "Smash the Bobbies"

Sham 69, Total Chaos, Scene of Irony, Hard Evidence @ Plush September 22 7:30 p.m. / $10

Sham 69 at Reading in '78.

This show is the boot-shiner of the season. Sham 69 is coming to St. Louis. Yeah, that band from the original era of English Oi! music. Somehow someone tricked them into coming to St. Louis. You can wander into Plush after a nice burger and a couple of drinks, then witness punk rock history. This show definitely falls into the category of j"must see."

The band now.

A refreshing, tropical tour postcard from some of America's most pissed off musicans.
  • A refreshing, tropical tour postcard from some of America's most pissed off musicans.

Despise You, Creator/Destroyer, Shaved Women @ Ask A Punk September 23 9 p.m. / $7

Despise You is fucking touring. No, shut up. Nothing you can come up with is going to take priority over this one. This band has been terrorizing powerviolence dorks ever since Possessed To Skate Vol. 1 came out in 1997. The group didn't even tour until the mid 2000s. Why not a take a header into a support beam in its honor? This show could be the closest you come to dying in basement. Why run away from it? You'll probably never get the chance to catch this band this close to home ever again. Some things are worth dying for.

For the uninitiated.

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